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Osteoporosis and exercise:


Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by low bone density and increased risk of fractures. Regular exercise, when performed correctly, can help improve bone health, increase bone density, and reduce the risk of falls and fractures. 

Exercise can play a crucial role in managing and improving osteoporosis. Regular physical activity can help in the following ways:

Strengthening Bones: Weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging, dancing, and weightlifting exert stress on bones, prompting them to become stronger and denser. This helps reduce the risk of fractures and slows down bone loss associated with osteoporosis.

Enhancing Muscle Strength: Strengthening the muscles through resistance training exercises not only increases muscle mass but also improves balance and stability. Strong muscles provide better support to the bones, reducing the likelihood of falls and related fractures.

Improving Balance and Coordination: Exercises that focus on balance and coordination, such as tai chi and yoga, can help enhance stability and prevent falls. These activities also promote body awareness, helping individuals avoid potential hazards and maintain a steady gait.

Boosting Flexibility and Range of Motion: Gentle stretching exercises can enhance flexibility and maintain or improve the range of motion in joints. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with osteoporosis as it helps prevent stiffness and maintain functional mobility.

Seeking guidance from an exercise physiologist can prove advantageous for individuals managing osteoporosis as they can evaluate your condition, devise suitable exercises, and create a personalized plan tailored to your abilities.